Meaning of scarify

scar•i•fy

Pronunciation: (skar'u-fī"), [key]
— -fied, -fy•ing.
  1. to make scratches or superficial incisions in (the skin, a wound, etc.), as in vaccination.
  2. to lacerate by severe criticism.
  3. to loosen (the soil) with a type of cultivator.
  4. to hasten the sprouting of (hard-covered seeds) by making incisions in the seed coats.
  5. to break up (a road surface).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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